Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is an author and culture critic based in London. She has written extensively on Hindi cinema and is an Open contributor

The Truth about the Tawaifs

Is ‘Heeramandi’ Bhansali’s tribute to ‘Pakeezah’?

24 May 2024
Punjabi by Nature

A London exhibition explores the life and legacy of Ranjit Singh

26 April 2024
A Knot in the Plot

The perfect Indian wedding happens in Hindi cinema

29 March 2024
The Power of Presence

The charisma of film stars remains at the heart of engaging audiences

23 February 2024
The Core of the Matter

When gay men marry straight women in films

19 January 2024
Reels on Wheels

The usual and unusual objects of transport in Indian cinema

15 December 2023
Cover Stories
Haute Bourgeoisie

The metropolitan rich in Hindi cinema

10 November 2023
Scenes from Sicily

What Indian films can do for tourism, à la The White Lotus

20 October 2023
Mane Characters

A Netflix series brings back the 1980s mullet haircut

22 September 2023
Mist Is for Mystery

The characters in Kohrra treasure their secrets more than their families

18 August 2023


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